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  • Jay

    May 24th, 2022 - 2:53pm

    Those of you who have pre-ordered figures from Big Chief including the sixth Doctor. I e-mailed them to ask about how long the delays will be and they have confirmed that it won’t be until 2023. I suppose that also includes the Delgado Master and others pre-ordered at a similar time.

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    • The ergon

      May 24th, 2022 - 3:12pm

      I ordered sixth and master. With that news, god only knows when we might see 2nd or 5th. N,cuti 2024-2025? Its in BigChiefs interests to get these made. People are losing patience with all these delayed preorders as it is. Even though its often out of their control, its not good for business.

    • Jay

      May 24th, 2022 - 3:33pm

      I agree ergon. They are aware I am not best pleased though as you say it is often out of their control, but wanted them to know that not communicating these delays and leaving us not knowing anything isn’t a good way to treat customers and the delays are not short delays. We will eventually get them, but it’s not good. I wouldn’t pre-order anything new at the moment just in case!

    • booboo

      May 24th, 2022 - 3:38pm

      There must be an issue with the Collectors market or something more regional.

      Nearly every toy we buy including all the Character stuff comes from China and if these delays were universal toy shops would be out of business with no new stock to sell.

    • Jay

      May 24th, 2022 - 3:49pm

      It is concerning booboo. I know there have been lots of delays through other sites like Eaglemoss. The B&M sets took a lot longer to reach stores.

    • booboo

      May 24th, 2022 - 4:21pm

      Yes B&M sets were about 3 months from original anticipated dates, EM seems more Brexit or some internal issue as the stock exists, just not on the UK shop.

      BC delays seem huge ( although the bobbles got out more or less on time), if these delays were universal s because China and brexit they toy market would collapse i’m sure.

    • The ergon

      May 24th, 2022 - 4:07pm

      The only preorders i make at present are the ones that take the money when the order is shipped. Big chief should allow options to stretch out installments if they are going to take over a year to come into stock. The limited time incentives arent enough. Eaglemoss could also adopt the preorder now and pay when in stock policy to reel and secure. Not pay now and recieve whenever.

    • Judooning

      May 24th, 2022 - 11:00pm

      I’ve never known BigChief to release their Doctor who stuff on time anyway. Even before Covid etc.
      There’s always some excuse from them. Fair enough this time it probably is out their hands but 9 times out of 10 they always had an “issue” In the factory that delayed the product.
      Haven’t bought direct from their site for some years now.

    • Jay

      May 25th, 2022 - 3:01pm

      One of the things that I have found with Big Chief is that in my two responses from them in regard to the delays is that they haven’t apologised. It’s a kind of this is the way it is, so tuff!

    • Coleman

      May 25th, 2022 - 9:40pm

      Just a quick question regarding this matter and (Big Chief).
      Did you guys ever get the Zavvi releases.
      All seems to have gone quiet on that front, i can’t remember anyone mentioning they recieved them?

    • booboo

      May 26th, 2022 - 9:38am

      Zavvi never got them, asked for an update a while back but not had a reply

    • Jay

      May 26th, 2022 - 10:41am

      Hi Coleman! I had a feeling there were going to be issues and cancelled my pre-order from Zavvi for the Twelfth doctor. Doesn’t surprise me that they never got them in, as they were from Big Chief. I am quite concerned about their future to be honest. I just really hope we don’t end up losing our money.

    • The Fishmonger

      May 26th, 2022 - 8:04pm

      You and me both, Jay. I have a LOT of figures on pre-order. I am hopeful that everything arrives eventually, but with inflation rising, lots of small companies will be feeling the pinch. I can see a scenario where they can’t continue. Having said that, pretty much everything they make sells out so hopefully they will be ok. Expect prices to go up again though.

  • ALAN FAULKNER

    May 24th, 2022 - 2:30pm

    Where can I get spare Dalek Eye-Stalks for the 2005 NSD Daleks, 5″ sized Dalek.

    I am looking for spare original ones, not the 3 D printed sort ?

    Cheers

    Alan

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    • booboo

      May 24th, 2022 - 7:15pm

      Character used to sell them a long time ago but i dont know any other source for spares, you could try their CS https://www.character-online.com/contactus

    • ALAN FAULKNER

      May 24th, 2022 - 8:48pm

      Cheers

      Will drop a line, failing that, will try Swap meets.

      Alan

  • the Ergon

    May 21st, 2022 - 10:14am

    In the not too distant future when hopefully logistics are back on track, I,d like to see a new line/ range to coincide with the return of RTD. Figures/doll figurines in a 6 inch line with Who characters/ Enemies in cloth rather than plastic and more regular in the style of Big chief using photoreal technology.

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  • booboo

    May 20th, 2022 - 12:28pm

    Probably gone unnoticed but zoom have ceased trading, they had a good customer base for DW before being sold. what a waist of a good business that was.

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    • pupbenny

      May 20th, 2022 - 2:59pm

      Apologies for my unawareness but what was zoom, out of curiosity? (I only collect the CO figures. XD) It’s sad to see stuff like this happen.

    • booboo

      May 20th, 2022 - 3:03pm

      they did DVD’s etc

    • Jay

      May 20th, 2022 - 4:04pm

      Really sorry to hear that.

    • vadala

      May 20th, 2022 - 5:18pm

      What will happen to people’s credit card info, etc? They should have sent an email out.

    • booboo

      May 20th, 2022 - 6:10pm

      no idea did you open an new account?

    • vadala

      May 21st, 2022 - 1:23am

      No I’m just concerned about what happens to people’s data when companies shut down

    • booboo

      May 21st, 2022 - 11:13am

      I’m sure the liquidators deal with that

    • Lege

      May 24th, 2022 - 4:12pm

      This was such a waste. To begin with this was an amazing company and then when they got bought out they just went downhill fast.

  • Coleman

    May 19th, 2022 - 7:25pm

    Don’t know if you guys have seen Harrops latest announcement but the Dominator is not coming out in May now because of delays. It should be on Pre-Order for Friday 24th June.

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  • The ergon

    May 16th, 2022 - 12:33pm

    Eaglemoss need a radical shake up. Could they not relocate manuafacturing to the uk, even in part? Its going to be difficult to get items to customers if they have anniversary sets planned?

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    • booboo

      May 16th, 2022 - 12:44pm

      Most initial work, design, cads, editorial is done in the UK but UK production of the actual product would push costs up 2-3 fold and make the product unviable, plus there is no readily available manufacturing base here for mass production of this type of item so huge set up costs before production could even start.

      Also this is a WW product, which means UK manufacture with much higher costs would make WW sales even more unviable.

      That’s why virtually everything we buy that’s mass produced from EM to BC to CO are all made in China.

    • Dav McKenzie

      May 16th, 2022 - 1:08pm

      Does anyone actually know whats happening?

      I’ve heard everything is suspended until August. Does this mean we’ll get all the backlogged issues then?

    • booboo

      May 16th, 2022 - 1:12pm

      Doubt it, i think they will just “re start”, assuming they have enough subscribers left by then to warrant it.

      Have tried to find out via more “official” channels but no luck.

  • Joseph Watchorn

    May 13th, 2022 - 11:09pm

    Hello!

    I have been looking desperately everywhere for the Doctor Who Monster Invasion online cards that were released (the sets I can find were called ‘Attack’ and ‘Time and Space’)

    Would anyone happen to have al of these cards in pdf/digital form (some are posted here already)?

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    • booboo

      May 14th, 2022 - 9:13am

      i think some one asked the same thing some time ago i could only find the ones on the site, they are probably somewhere but couldn’t find them.

    • Anonymous

      May 15th, 2022 - 3:10am

      I seem to vaguely remember that is was 4 Online Sets from the site when available? Not sure if you had to have a Code from the Magazine to access them? Long gone now of course, but at the time I did download all the cards/backs & burnt them to disc. They are in a plastic box sealed away in storage with a lot of my other Doctor Who stuff. So no idea where they are unfortunately?

    • 76 Totter’s Lane

      May 21st, 2022 - 4:37pm

      I have got them all in .pdf format on my memory stick. Have you got an e-mail address I can send them to for you?

  • The paternoster gang

    May 13th, 2022 - 9:02pm

    Booboo please may I ask who your favourite classic and modern Doctors are- I’m curious!

    Reply
    • booboo

      May 14th, 2022 - 9:18am

      i dont really have one to be hoenst, for me its favourite stories which span many Doctors.

  • The ergon

    May 11th, 2022 - 1:15pm

    Booboo do you have the site for posting pictures to collections please? I used to have it but forgot to transfer and write down on my lists and passwords.

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    • booboo

      May 11th, 2022 - 1:34pm

      send them to

    • The ergon

      May 11th, 2022 - 1:43pm

      Yes thanks. Just put up a couple of additions as i continue a few main pieces.

    • booboo

      May 11th, 2022 - 1:44pm

      got them

  • The Silent Silent

    May 10th, 2022 - 6:24pm

    Hi all, been a while since I’ve asked a question.
    My question is are these 10th Doctor (2013 Diamond Packaging) Sonic Screwdrivers on eBay official ?
    They seem to have come from nowhere and are selling for around £30.
    Not too sure as I was looking to buy one but they don’t look right.
    Would be interested to hear anyone’s thoughts.

    Reply
    • booboo

      May 10th, 2022 - 6:29pm

      i suspect they are old UT toys stock can we have a link?

      Is it this one? https://merchandise.thedoctorwhosite.co.uk/diamond-classic-doctor-who-10th-doctor-sonic-screwdriver/

      if so then its legit

    • The Silent Silent

      May 10th, 2022 - 9:33pm

      Thanks for the quick response Booboo,

      here is one listing I have noticed which rings a few alarm bells:

      http://www.ebay.co.uk

      The Text “The Tenth” is spelt as one word “THETENTH” and the main body of the sonic doesn’t look right.

      I have been purchasing Sonics since the 1st releases back in 2005/06 and this random surge of 50th Diamond packaging ones hitting eBay just seems a bit off.

    • The Silent Silent

      May 11th, 2022 - 7:18pm

      Yesterday I did try posting a link to the eBay listing I was referring to but I don’t think it got through.

    • booboo

      May 11th, 2022 - 7:25pm

      yes found it, sorry it got blocked by spam filters but yes its legit, the UT “Diamond Classic” release from a few years back

    • The Silent Silent

      May 11th, 2022 - 7:48pm

      Oh right 🙂

      I just thought the spelling of “THE TENTH” AS “THETENTH” was a little odd for an officially licensed product.

      seems like a mistake some Chinese Factory manufacturing copies would do.

    • Rex Farrel

      May 11th, 2022 - 10:06pm

      It could be a bad/rejected batch, but that whole section of text is different (note the different apostrophe compared to the definitely genuine UT version). I’ve noticed a lot of counterfeit products having just one bit of retyped text, and I can never understand why the one little bit needs replacing (e.g. the dodgy Boris Karloff Thriller sets having newly typed “starring Boris Karloff”, and fake Metal Mickey dvds having a replaced “DVD” logo with bigger openings on the letter D… weird). It’s almost as if counterfeiters need a quick visual cue to recognise their own product.

    • booboo

      May 12th, 2022 - 9:36am

      OK so looking at ebay there are ones on there with a date stamp of 13/06/2013 which all seem OK

      There are others (including the one you saw) with a date stamp of 17/04/2014, a second batch, most of these don’t have “the gap”, but there is one that does, which complicates it, everything else is identical.

      They all however have the factory embossed product stamp on the back.

      At the time this was a low value product, with electronics, so “bootlegging” it seems odd.

      So was this a factory error corrected mid production, if so they could have been sat for years in some corner.

      stuff finding there way to market years later does happen, the Funko playmobiles, and recently the nesting dolls and Mr huffle for example.

      As there were made for UT who dont exist now, and were probably shipped to the USA direct i doubt CO CS would know, One person who might is Al Dewar.

  • Paul

    May 10th, 2022 - 8:11am

    I have a working 6ft Dalek and I’ve been recently ask to use it for promotional work for a friends business.

    My question is:
    Like music meaning paying royalties, does the same apply to the Dalek?
    (or is it a no no).
    If so who do you pay the royalties too?

    Reply
    • booboo

      May 10th, 2022 - 9:37am

      Difficult to know its all bit complicated

      Dalek rights including the name “Dalek” are owned by the Terry Nation estate, the design of them by the BBC, they all tend to turn a blind Eye for charity work or non profit work, ebay self builds are often removed (or they used to be ) if sold as “Doctor Who Dalek” as http://www.thisplanetearth.co.uk have the official licence.

      Also “Doctor Who” is owned by the BBC lock stock and barrel and i certainty would not use that for “commercial gain” if that invloved without permission.

    • Paul

      May 11th, 2022 - 12:25am

      Thank you Booboo for your comments, I have no intention of using the Dalek for my own gains.

      I will contact https://www.thisplanetearth.co.uk/ and discuss with them next.

      My intention is to have a bit of fun with it, not for profit. I just want to make sure what I’m doing is legal.

      Thank you so much for your help.

  • TimelordTim

    May 8th, 2022 - 1:03pm

    Ncuti Gatwa is our next doctor! Can’t say I’ve ever seen him in anything, but I like that, will have no idea what to expect as to his characterisation. Will be interesting to see the companion announcement(s) in due course as well.

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    • daz

      May 8th, 2022 - 1:29pm

      He is great in Sex Education…

      Reading the blurb he is a fan of the show and RTD sounds as enthusiastic as ever (something I never got from Chibbs).

      Looking forward to it even more now and with filming rumoured to begin in June guess we’ll know his companion soon enough.

    • pupbenny

      May 8th, 2022 - 2:05pm

      Never heard of the guy either until now.

    • the Ergon

      May 8th, 2022 - 7:03pm

      Hope its Lydia West. She,d be my dream companion now shes ruled out as Doctor.

    • the Ergon

      May 23rd, 2022 - 10:17am

      Update: Now hope to see Lydia as one of the main Guest stars now shes also been ruled out as companion.

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